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Public Schools

The Greater Topeka area is served by six public school districts.

The six public school districts in Topeka/Shawnee County offer curricula that reflect current educational trends and technology for preschool through high school graduation. Computer labs, up-to-date science labs, interdisciplinary team teaching, award winning debate and library programs and championship athletic programs.

Topeka Public Schools (USD #501)

624 W 24th Street
Topeka, Kansas 66611
Estimated Enrollment: 13,500
General Area: Topeka

18 elementary (K – 5)
6 middle schools (6 – 8)
3 high schools. (9 – 12)
5 other schools reaching students
outside mainstream K-12

Seaman Schools (USD #345)

901 NW Lyman Road
Topeka, Kansas 66608
Estimated Enrollment: 4,000
General Area: North of Topeka

5 elementary (K – 6)
1 middle school (7 – 8)
1 high school (9 – 12)
1 alternative school (7-12)

Silver Lake Schools (USD #372)

200 Rice Road
PO Box 39
Silver Lake, Kansas 66539
Estimated Enrollment: 800
General Area: northeast of Topeka

1 elementary (K – 6)
1 junior-senior high school (7 – 12)

Auburn-Washburn Schools (USD #437)

5928 SW 53rd Street
Topeka, Kansas 66610
Estimated Enrollment: 6,100
General Area: southwest of Topeka

7 elementary (K – 6)
1 middle school (7 – 8 grades)
1 high school (9-12)
1 alternative high school

Shawnee Heights Schools (USD #450)

4401 SE Shawnee Heights Road
Tecumseh, Kansas 66542
Estimated Enrollment: 3,300
General Area: Southeast of Topeka

4 elementary (Pre-K – 6)
1 middle school (7 – 8)
1 high school (9-12)

Kaw Valley Schools (USD #321)

411 W Lasley
St. Marys, Kansas 66536
Estimated Enrollment: 1,300
General Area: northwest of Topeka, includes schools in Rossville (Shawnee County), and St. Marys, Delia, and Emmett (other counties).

3 elementary
2 junior/senior high schools

Private Schools

Catholic Education

The Catholic School System in Topeka is part of the Kansas City, Kansas Archdiocesan system.

2013-2014 Total Enrollment

1,353 in elementary schools

5 Elementary Schools (K-8)

Most Pure Heart of Mary Elementary:  435 students
Mater Dei: 226 students
Holy Family: 208 students
Christ the King: 317 students
St. Matthews: 167 students

Hayden High School (Catholic, 9-12)

401 SW Gage
Topeka, Kansas 66606
2013-2014 enrollment: 456 students

Cair Paravel-Latin School, K-12 (Christian)

635 SW Clay
Topeka, Kansas 66606
2013-2014 enrollment: 296

Kennedy Academy, Pre-K-6

206 SE Lakewood Court
Topeka, Kansas 66609
2013-2014 enrollment: 82

Topeka Collegiate, Pre-K-8

2200 SW Eveningside Drive
Topeka, Kansas 66614
2013-2014 enrollment: 175

Center For Young Children (Lutheran),
Infant Toddlers, Pre-K

1732 SW Gage
Topeka, Kansas 66604
2013-2014 enrollment: not available

Heritage Christian School, Pre-K-12

2000 NW Clay
Topeka, KS 66608
2013-2014 enrollment: 173

Topeka Adventists School, K-8

2431 Wanamaker
Topeka, Kansas 66614
2013-2014 enrollment: 9

Topeka Lutheran School, K-8

701 SW Roosevelt
Topeka, Kansas 66606
2013-2014 enrollment: not available

Vocational & Technical Schools

Numerous technical schools are located within a 50-mile radius of Topeka. Washburn Institute of Technology is located in Topeka and is closely aligned with Washburn University.

Specialties include: business, human resources, health, computer, electronic, graphic and mechanical technology. The WIT program also has a Business and Industry Training Program which provides customized training programs for companies and organizations.

Bryan University

1527 SW Fairlawn Road
Topeka, KS 66604

Topeka Electrical Joint Apprenticeship & Training

1620 NW Gage
Topeka, KS 66675

Washburn Institute of Technology

5724 SW Huntoon
Topeka, KS 66604


3712 SW Burlingame Road
Topeka, KS 66609

Marinello Schools of Beauty

109 SW 29th Street
Topeka, KS 66611

MidWest Barber College

901 SW 37th Street
Topeka, KS 66611

Plumbing and Pipefitters Apprenticeship School

2132 S Kansas Avenue
Topeka, KS 66611




Washburn Rural High School was authorized in 2012 as an International Baccalaureate World School Diploma Programme (IB). The first graduating class stood for their IB Diplomas in May of 2014. The two-year program enables high school students to engage in a challenging, international pre-university course of study.

Founded and headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland in 1968, this program has garnered international recognition by colleges and universities and currently is taught to 900,000 students in more than 3,000 schools in 141 countries.

Washburn Rural High School went through an extensive authorization process to train its teachers on the IB approach to learning, and is one of only six Kansas schools to offer the IB program. Ongoing evaluations ensure that the IB Diploma standards are met and exceeded, which raises the standard of learning for the entire school, not just the students who participate in the IB program.

“We believe that hosting an International Baccalaureate program will offer new opportunities to students in the Topeka area as well as making the community more attractive to potential employees and new businesses alike. We are proud to partner with GO Topeka and others in this community-wide effort,” said Dr. Brenda Dietrich, Auburn-Washburn superintendent.

Link to IB website

Link to IB program brochure PDF

For more information about the program, contact Ed Raines, WRHS Principal, at